With Greco Roman finished at Fargo for 2013, the Cadet Freestyle tournament got underway on Wednesday. New York will be well represented as the competition continues on Thursday with more than 10 wrestlers remaining.
Cadet Greco Roman runner up Jesse Porter continued his strong run in North Dakota with a 5-0 record at 152 pounds. The Shenendehowa grappler wasn’t the only unbeaten New Yorker, as Leonard Merkin won all four of his bouts at 132 and a trio of 145 pounders – Gino Titone, Jordan Bushey and Jakob Restrepo – all went undefeated.
The following is the list of Empire State wrestlers who are in the hunt for medals in Cadet Freestyle:
120: Ben Lamantia 4-1
132: Leonard Merkin 4-0
145: Gino Titone 5-0
145: Jordan Bushey 4-0
145: Jakob Restrepo 4-0
152: Jesse Porter 5-0
170: Jacob Woolson 2-1
195: Tyler Hall 2-1
220: Youssif Hemida 2-0
220: James Bethel 2-1
285: Peter Strassfield 1-1
(To see the additional wrestlers that competed in Cadet Freestyle, see the end of this page).
New York – Dual Meet Champions
In addition to boasting a pair of national champions (Alexis Porter and Rachel Hale), Team New York celebrated an additional title on Wednesday as the squad finished in first place in the Women’s Dual Meet event.
The team began with a 33-22 victory over Washington before losing to California while forfeiting seven bouts.
In the championship bracket, the team trounced Texas 49-8 while winning 10 of 12 matches. In the title meet, New York faced the Golden State group for the second time of the day and came out on top 39-17. After California captured the opening bout, New York grabbed four consecutive matches, including two technical falls and a pin, to take control. The West Coast group rebounded with two wins, but New York sealed the crown with triumphs in the final five contests.
Going undefeated on the day were Kelsey Gray (112), Rachel Hale (121), Rosemary Flores (125) and Alexis Porter (148).
The following wrestlers also took the mat for New York in Cadet Freestyle action on Wednesday:
88: Drew Schafer, Justin Lopez, Oscar Lainez
106: John Luke DeStefano, Vinny Vespa, Johnathan Lauricella, Sean Miller
113: Evan Barczak, Taylor Picciano
120: Nick Casella
126: Christian Briody, Michael Berkowitz, Ian Lupole
138: Zachery Bendick, Wyatt DeMarree, Sam Ward, Frank Jilling
145: Kevin Parker
152: William Marcil, Brandon Aviles, Collin LaBombard, John Vouzonis
160: Zafar Iskandarov, Andrew Cummings, Vance Cuffie, Logan Burnick
182: Colby Stayley, Joseph Sabia
195: Aidan Mathews, Nick McShea
220: Garyn Huntley
285: Alex Gonzolez